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#1 Deepak Bajracharya

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 07:39 AM

Namaste,

I would like to know the advantages and disadvantages of using anamorphic adapter for dsr390/400 camera.
Will the manual focus be disabled or not?
How to compose the shot with tha adapter for acheiving 16:9 framing etc?
Please suggest with the adapter manufacturing company and model no as well.

with best regards,
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#2 Phil Connolly

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 06:01 AM

I would like to know the advantages and disadvantages of using anamorphic adapter for dsr390/400 camera.
Will the manual focus be disabled or not?
How to compose the shot with tha adapter for acheiving 16:9 framing etc?
Please suggest with the adapter manufacturing company and model no as well.



Hi, I'm quite sure that you can't use a anamorphic adapter with these camera's. As adapters are designed for smaller prosumer cameras such as the PD-150. It might be possible to gerry-rig an anamorphic adapter onto the front, but I suspect it would only work for a limited amount of focal lengths - as it wouldn't cover the larger front element of a broadcast lens - you would have to zoom in a bit to avoid seeing the edges. It would be something, you would have to test to see if the range was workable for you.

Personally, I'm not a fan of anamorphic adapters anyway, I've used them a couple of times on PD-150s and they tend to soften the image, limit your focal range - they don't tend to hold focus at longer focal lengths.

I would either try hard to get a widescreen camera dsr500/570/450. Or just compose for 16:9 - the cameras have user selectable 16:9 framing guides in the viewfinder, then ARC in post. I've done this a few times with the dsr 390 and its always looked pretty good, softer than true 16:9 but not horrendous.
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#3 Deepak Bajracharya

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Posted 05 January 2007 - 11:02 AM

Namaste Phill,

Thank you very much for your suggestion. Initially, I thought of finding such adaptor as the wide angle adapter is abundantly found for this camera.

I am also composing for 16:9 on this camera as you do so far. If the budget permits, then there is the probability to go for 450.

I have used the wide conversion adaptor for PD150/170 many times but yet to use the anamorphic adaptor.

Once again thank you for your thoughts.

Regards,
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